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Michele Stillwell-Parvensky is a Senior Policy and Government Affairs Manager in the Children’s Defense Fund’s Oakland office. Michele leads CDF-CA's End Child Poverty campaign and advocates to ensure that every child has access to quality health care and that California children are protected in the state budget. Michele also manages and directs strategy for CDF-CA’s communications efforts.
Prior to joining the Children's Defense Fund, Michele worked on advocacy and communications for Preschool California, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to quality early learning for California’s children. Michele served as a Dukakis Fellow in Colorado Governor Bill’s Ritter’s office, where she worked closely on issues of homelessness and childhood hunger. Raised by community organizers in inner-city Denver, Michele is a lifelong social justice activist and an avid proponent of public schools.
Michele has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. During her time at Harvard, Michele co-founded the Massachusetts Cradle to Prison Pipeline Coalition, which brought together community and policy leaders to focus on challenges facing at-risk children and youth, starting with reforming school discipline policies.